Milton Margai Technical University Gets a New Vice-Chancellor and Principal

Associate Professor, Dr. Philip John Kanu
The Executive Committee of the University Court; has on Thursday 5th May 2022, unanimously accepted the recommendations of the Search Committee and the Hon Minister of Technical and Higher Education, to confirm Associate Professor, Dr. Philip John Kanu, as the new Vice Chancellor and Principal of the Milton Margai Technical University.
He becomes the first Miltonian to be Principal of Milton Margai and again the first to occupy the position of Vice Chancellor and Principal of the University.
The Vice-Chancellor and Principal, Dr. Philip John Kanu, started from a humble background. He was employed as an Instructor and rose to the rank of a Senior Principal Lecturer at the institution (the highest status in the Polytechnic College)
Dr. Philip John Kanu, holds a Diploma, HTC Secondary, BEd, M.Sc. with several postgraduate certificates and a Ph.D.
Since his appointment in 2018 as Acting Principal of the Milton Margai College of Education and Technology, later confirmed in 2020.
The Vice-Chancellor and Principal has given a facelift to the institution with a stellar transformation to place the University in line with modern standards, one that contributes to the human capital development of the country.
Through his remarkable leadership skills, the institution, in 2021 was transformed from a Polytechnic College to a Technical University by the government of His Excellency President Brig. Rtd. Dr. Julius Maada Bio.
Dr. Kanu has been an exemplary leader since he took over. For instance, he created a good relationship with the students, he established a students forum where he gets one on one discussions with them. This gives them the confidence to open up on issues affecting them. As such he is a listening leader. He created the Principal’s Breakfast – a platform that he uses to lecture staff on emerging issues and key topics that will enhance their performance.
He has built a strong staff capacity that matches the status of a university. Lecturers are given scholarships to further their studies, and the institution has recently received a lecturer who had finished his PhD in Engineering and another one with a master in the same field from Ghana. These are some of many ways he has created for staff improvement. He also Constructed a suitable staff common room, with space for the HoDs to be able to interact with the students outside the lecture room.
He has bridged the gap between the university and the community.
Every year, since he took over, the community has been receiving scholarships for their children to further their education. This is to make them have a feeling of belonging, creating that sense of ownership of the University.
Based on his resounding contribution to academia, Dr. Philip John Kanu, was promoted to an Associate Professor in June 2021 in Food Science and Technology in the Faculty of Agriculture and Food Science, Njala University.
Before his confirmation, Dr. Philip John Kanu, went through a proper process to attain that position.
He applied to the University Court Joint Search Committee and was unanimously accepted by the committee, followed by the submission of a report to the Minister of Technical and Higher Education who recommended him to the Chancellor of the University, Dr. Victor E. A. Kabia.
His confirmation is just a path to the many developmental strides he continues to bring to the university.
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